Recycling basically involves turning used materials into raw materials for use in the production of new products. It is essential to note that recycling and reuse are two very different terms, as reuse implies using the old products over and over again in their current form. Some of the elements that are commonly recycled include aluminium, glass, batteries, plastic, and paper.
The recycling process
The recycling process follows three important stages:
I. Collection and processing of all the old products—here, the items are sorted, cleaned, and then prepared for the manufacture of new goods.
II. Manufacture—new goods are obtained from the old products that were processed in the first stage
III. Purchase of recycled goods—this is where consumers purchase the finished goods.
How does recycling benefit the environment?
The recycling process benefits the environment in the following ways:
Producing new products from recycled ones helps to reduce the amount of energy that would have gone into the production process. Producing new goods from virgin materials often tends to consume more energy as opposed to recycling. In addition, the energy that would have gone into extracting and ferrying these materials from their sources also ends up being saved.
Add this to the total amount of energy that would have been used to clean the environment, as well as protect it from the harm posed by pollutant waste products, e.g. non-biodegradable plastic, and you get to see how recycling helps in conserving energy.
Reduces pollution and saves environmental conditions
The recycling process has to a great extent been seen to assist in reducing and preventing global climate change. By reducing the total amount of energy that is used in the industrial production processes, it assists in reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases.
Common fossils used in major industries across the globe include gasoline, diesel and coal. All these fossils tend to produce injurious gases like carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and methane, all of which are harmful to the environment and its occupants.
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